It’s tough to find light in the darkest of times, but children are amazing at looking on the bright side of things. No one knows that better than a boy named Ahmad Sayed Rahman of Afghanistan and his family.
Ahmad was tragically crippled by a stray bullet during a firefight in his village when he was only eight months old. The injury forced him to rely on a series of uncomfortable prosthetic right legs in order to walk. Thanks to the orthopedists at a Red Cross center in Kabul, Rahman’s got a new leg and he’s also come down with dancing fever.
Rahman, now five-years-old, was so happy with his brand new prosthetic leg he decided to celebrate by busting out some dancing moves for the doctors and nurses.
The video of Rahman smiling and dancing to the Afghan song quickly went viral, along with their families story, and people were having trouble holding back tears.
— Reporterly (@Reporterlyaf) May 7, 2019
I am so happy and yet so sad. What a beautiful boy. https://t.co/ydlBVgbUXL
— Rowaida Abdelaziz (@Rowaida_Abdel) May 7, 2019
My heart. Bless him. https://t.co/nJDppc1Jiy
— Aliya Nazki (@AliyaNazki) May 6, 2019
Some days no words are needed. Ahmad's dance says it all. https://t.co/WlKS2Otyvl
— Peter Maurer (@PMaurerICRC) May 7, 2019
The things we take for granted https://t.co/Jh6RI1GKJ9
— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) May 6, 2019
Starting the day with this. My heart is smiling. Ufff ?? https://t.co/0wLsF1uCNm
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) May 6, 2019
And Ahmad is delighting in his newfound celebrity status. “It is me,” a smiling Ahmad said while watching a version of his viral dance skills. Alberto Cairo, the director of the orthopedic center that fitted Ahmad with his leg, is also glad his organization is getting some attention.
“When you see a child with an artificial limb dancing, of course everybody watches it,” Cairo told the Washington Post. “I am very happy to know that this is going everywhere.”
Ahmad’s mother Raesa is happy as well, and has high hopes for his future. “I want him to go to school and become a doctor or a teacher,” she told the Post. “I am so happy,” she said. “He is a good kid.”
He’s a great kid and we hope that whatever he does, he never stops dancing.
h/t: Washington Post